Euthyphro: The Socratic Dialogue

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Euthyphro The Socratic dialogue Euthyphro attempts to answer the question what is piety? Euthyphro claims to know what piety is while Socrates admits ignorance and wants to be educated on the matter because he is being charged with impiety. Euthyphro is charging his own father for murder, an impious action, and he is so confident this is the right thing because of knowledge of piety. This is how Socrates knows Euthyphro can teach him about piety because he does not just say he knows what it is he is acting on it, possibly sending his father to death. Socrates says “…before he could have seen his way to bring such an action”. This refers to Euthyphro acting on his knowledge of piety and prosecuting the wrong doer, his father. Euthyphro will give five answers to define the question what is piety? None of these will be the form that satisfies Socrates. The first definition of piety given by Euthyphro is piety is prosecuting the wrong doer. This is only an example of piety. Socrates states “I did not ask you to give me two or three examples of piety, but to explain the general idea…” Socrates does not accept this answer because it is not the form. This…show more content…
The next pious adds one important word, all. What all the gods love. This pious is also referred to as Euthyphro’s dilemma. The third answer given by Euthyphro is what all the gods love is pious. Socrates asks the question for this is the pious thing being loved by the gods because it is pious or is it pious because it is loved by the gods? The first part of this question is putting stress on the act or thing that is being loved and not the gods. The second part says the gods love it first and that’s what makes it pious. Euthyphro finally says “I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean…” This refers back to is the pious thing loved because it is pious or is it pious because it is loved by the
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